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T/A Radials Rubbing

Here's the next issue I'm dealing with. I just got the motor and transmission put in my 68. I'm running Hotchkis 2" drop coils 1.5" drop leafs, Global West stock height solid bushings & tubular control arms. I thought I was going conservative on tire size but I guess not. I have 215/65-15 on the front with 15x7 rally wheels (4.0 BS) & 255/60-15 on the back (4.5 BS). The car hasn't been aligned yet but I noticed the driver's front tire contacts the fender/inner fender before it reaches full wheel lock. Passenger side clears no problem but of course I haven't test drove it yet. I verified the subframe was aligned when assembled. Should I drop tire size (maybe 205/60-15) or change wheel back space to 4.25-4.5 in front? I'm also using Right Stuff's disc brake conversion with factory spindles.

Any help is much appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 11, 07:10 AM
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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

Get it aligned first as somethings off, possibly the camber. Could be related to the GW a-arms as they do alter the geometry. I'm running 225/60-15's upfront with Hotchkis springs on 7x15's with 3.76" BS on stock a-arms and no rubbing.

What is condition of your ball joints and wheel bearings ?

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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

RJ,
That's what I'm hoping, that the alignment takes care of it. Not sure if it'll be enough though.

All ball joints & bearings are new.

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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

I looked at GW's specs after your earlier post and they do change the stock suspension geometry. The spec lists a 6 degree change to caster and a different camber curve.

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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

My 68 has GW upper/lower control arms along with their 1" drop springs (more like 1.5"). I run 7x18 rims (4.25 BS) with 225/45/18 tires. No rubbing issues whatsoever. I think you need more BS.

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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

Those tires should be fine. If you've replaced the steering box at any time I believe a lot of rebuilt boxes have the internal stops set to accept a range of cars rather than specific models. I think they moved from using internal stops in the box to external stops on the car in later years but I'm no expert. I've had three boxes and two different tire setups on mine and could make all of them hit the frame.

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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

I use to run almost that exact setup without issues. I'd check the alignment before getting too worried. When I went to 245/45/17's I had to go to button head screws on the inner fender, but 215/65/15's cleared fine.

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Re: T/A Radials Rubbing

Thanks for everyone's reply's.
Steiner - I'm using an AGR variable ratio box. I'm pretty confident the box has the correct steering distance lock to lock.
I know these GW arms have 6 degrees of caster built in so I'm going to try the alignment first to see if I get the extra clearance.
I'll keep you guys posted.

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